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International Journal of Forestry Research
Volume 2013, Article ID 402349, 7 pages
Research Article

Road Transport Vehicles for Hauling Uncomminuted Forest Energy Products in Sweden

School of Technology and Business Studies, Dalarna University, 79188 Falun, Sweden

Received 20 May 2013; Revised 25 October 2013; Accepted 21 November 2013

Academic Editor: John Sessions

Copyright © 2013 Reza Mortazavi and Jerry Johansson. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Forestry residues as a renewable energy source are becoming increasingly competitive to fossil fuels. An important issue, however, is effective transportation solutions for this type of material. In this paper we describe and discuss several alternative vehicle systems which have been used in Sweden. We describe and discuss a specialized vehicle for the transportation of loose residues, bundled residues, and tree sections; a specialized stump hauling vehicle; a recently developed vehicle for the transportation of bundled residues; a container system vehicle for stump transportation. All these different machineries have their merits and shortcomings depending on the type of forest energy product.